Celebrating Black Music Month in Ohio
June is Black Music Month and in the state of Ohio that’s a good thing because so many great musical influences have emerged from the Buckeye State. Dayton is home to the world of funk stars Roger Troutman and Zapp and the Ohio Players. The Isley Brothers paved the way for sweet sounding R&B music hailing from Cincinnati. The O’Jays created soul stirring hits beginning with their roots in Canton. Jazz great Nancy Wilson is from Chillicothe, and Cleveland is home to the Dazz Band, LeVert and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
I’ll be celebrating Black Music Month by attending some of these great concerts and events around the state.
In Gahanna, the Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival is three days of good food, music and entertainment. Dozens of local and national artists are set to perform and remind the crowd the true meaning of down-home music, June 15- June 17.
June 24, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates African-Americans’ impact on rock and roll at the Rock and Soul Festival. The event will showcase the best in local and national talent and include activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Blending soul, funk and rhythm and blues, Rock Hall inductees Earth, Wind and Fire created a whole new style of music with their hits Reasons, Shining Star and Boogie Wonderland. On June 10, EWF performs at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown.
But what I’m looking forward to the most this week is the return of Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny, better known as New Edition, who will be performing at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on June 9. I never miss a chance to hear everything from Candy Girl to If It Isn’t Love, as well as some of their solo hits. They were musically inspired by the Jackson 5 and influenced the music of other boy bands like New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys.
Music is designed to inspire and motivate. What will you do this summer to celebrate Black Music in Ohio?